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We stand between ourselves and heaven

The comic strip character Pogo said in 1970, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This adage is quite true. However it never carries as much weight as it does in the spiritual realm. Let’s examine why.

A police officer recently talked to a group of young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He then asked them what career they hoped to be pursuing by the time they were 25 years old. Three of them wanted to be engineers, two aspired to be athletes and another hoped to be a nurse practitioner.

The officer then asked, “How could drugs and alcohol help them fulfill their career dreams?” He went on to enumerate the devastation that alcohol and substance abuse have done to countless lives.

His powerful question can be applied to our spiritual lives. Almost all Christians would list going to heaven as their chief spiritual goal. Yet, are we willing to pay the price?

Adapting the police officer’s approach, let’s ask some thought-provoking questions.

  • How does being persistent in sin help us go to heaven? (1 John 1:6).
  • How does sin help us become closer to Jesus? (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • How does walking in spiritual darkness magnify God? (John 8:12; 1 John 1:5).
  • How does our disobedient sin glorify Christ in our daily lives? (Ephesians 3:20-21).
  • How does living by Satan’s calling help the cause of Christ? (Ephesians 4:1).
  • How does a spiritually immoral life edify the body of Christ? (Romans 12:1-2).
  • How does a divisive spirit help the Lord’s Church grow? (1 Corinthians 1:10).
  • How can false doctrine bring souls to Christ? (Matthew 28:18-20; Galatians 1:6-9).

Heaven will never be attained by the path of sin and disobedience. God’s perspectives bring some uncomfortable truths when we seek to do our own will. Let’s give God our all!

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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